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Beautiful Invention: A Novel of Hedy Lamarr

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“But I don’t regret anything. I learned a lot.” —Hedy Lamarr

Hollywood Beauty. Brilliant inventor. The incredible story of a remarkable and misunderstood woman.

Hedy Kiesler, Austrian actress of Jewish heritage, scandalizes Europe with her nudity in the art film Ecstasy. Her hasty marriage to a wealthy munitions merchant disintegrates as he grows increasingly controlling and
Kindle Edition, 378 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Gallica Press
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You are in for a magnificent treat when you read Margaret Porter’s exquisite new novel. This elegant fictionalized biography sheds gorgeous light on a woman once considered the most stunning in the world, but one who also had a brilliant mind, who invented technology that permits you to read my review right now, who had six failed marriages, difficult relationships with her children, and felt invisible behind her glorious exterior mask.

But we see Hedy here, in the author’s meticulously researche
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book was stunning and upon reading the first chapter I was already in awe of the incredible Hedy Kiesler. The time in which she lived has always fascinated me and I enjoyed seeing that period through a new-to-me view.
Hedy's life and circumstances held me mesmerized. I was rooting for her independence as she struggled in her marriage against Fritz.
When she finally made it to America, her struggles evolved. I awaited success alongside her as I watched her work to persevere.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this book on Goodreads. Hedy Lamarr had an amazing life filled with travels, several marriages, the ability to speak 5 languages, an acting career and invented something that helped the military. She lived through having her country overrun during WWII and the worry about her mother being left behind in Europe. While I don't really know the movies she was in, it was an interesting look at her life.
Hunter Jay
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Darn entertaining read. I suppose you call this historical fiction? Margaret Porter researched intensively, and it shows. But of course, the conversations and dialogue are for the most part imagined. Nevertheless, it seems to me (and I have read several Lamarr biographies) that this author nails down her personality very clearly; much more so than anything else I have seen. Hedy Lamarr as presented here, is a true Scorpio (if you're into that kind of thing). And by that, I mean she is full of co ...more
Viviane Crystal
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Invention: A Novel of Hedy Lamarr. Margaret Porter. Gallica Press. October 2018. 378 pp. ISBN#: 9780990742036.
“I enjoy drawing up plans and designing and making things…They don’t realize that Hedy Lamarr is an invention.” Yes, Hedy Lamarr was a beautiful actress but also an intelligent woman who invented a war weapon that was almost used to defeat the Germans in WWII.
Born Hedy Kiesler, an Austrian, Jewish woman, she aspired to be a wonderful actress, but the films she chose to act in
Deanna Lynn Sletten
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Captivating, fascinating, and entrancing. These are just three words of many that I could use to describe this incredible novel by Margaret Porter. I was hooked from the very first line. From the moment young Hedy Kiesler appears on screen in the shocking film Ecstasy, she is destined to become one of Hollywood’s biggest, brightest, most alluring stars. But first she must endure her family’s shame over her provocative movie and an unhappy marriage before chasing her dream. A dream that will take ...more
Mark Perry
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of all things Old Hollywood, I was intrigued to read this biographical novel of one of the 20th century's most fascinating people. The "nonfiction fiction" format allows for some license, I'm sure, but if anything, Ms. Porter's compelling book left me wanting to read more about Hedy Lamarr's extraordinary life. The emotional undercurrent of Hedy trying to escape a personally scandalous and politically treacherous past kept me engaged as the events of her life and career unfolded. I was ...more
Elizabeth Gauffreau
Margaret Porter’s historical novel, Beautiful Invention: A novel of Hedy Lamarr, opens with a teenaged Hedy Kiesler crouching naked in the Carpathian woods, waiting for the director’s clapper board to signal that the camera is rolling for what would become the infamous film Ecstasy. She’s young, she’s ambitious, and she wants to be an actress.

Before that dream can be realized, Hedy is charmed into an ill-fated marriage with a wealthy munitions manufacturer who becomes increasingly possessive and
Linda Edmonds cerullo
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Compelling historical fiction on the life of Hedy Lamarr. A budding actress who starred in a movie while in Vienna that contained nudity and what might be currently referred to as "soft porn", Hedy had a reputation when she was still a teenager. Her parents were less than enthused at her first film. Marrying a wealthy, older man who was a Viennese arms merchant, she is given all she desires (money, homes, jewels, clothing), but is unhappy in the marriage as her husband is not only unfaithful, bu ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, quick read. I knew only a bit about Lamarr, and I enjoyed this fictionalized version of her story. The author notes at the end that it’s hard to know the truth of her life since MGM manufactured an identity and story for her, and Lamarr’s own autobiography is untrustworthy. Still, very interesting to read about her life in early Hollywood and as an unexpected technical innovator during WWII. I also have to admit that I was leery of the self-published book category for my reading ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hedy Lamarr is a fascinating person. I really enjoy realistic fiction, but this book was a little slow for me. It's worth reading based on the life and times of Hedy and the other real life people in the book, but much like Hidden Figures, I found it an interesting subject, but kind of a plodding read.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just read this book obsessively until I arrived at the end! Although a fictionalized biography, there was a great deal of real research and factual information about Hedy Lamarr. Well written and incredibly fascinating.
A terrific story about a remarkable woman. This well written story kept me interested from beginning to end, I heartily recommend it to anyone interested in historical fiction, WWII or Hollywood biographicals. A remarkable woman indeed.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
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dude this was so mediocre i dont even have much to say about it hhhhhh
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Jun 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Very disappointing writing.
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